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An estimated 650 community members joined 22 state legislators and 3 county councilmembers at this year’s King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum.

The theme: A Community Conversation about Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall on November 18, 2019.

  • Chief Operations Officer, Casey Sixkiller gave opening remarks, stressing the importance of local investments and regional leadership in behavioral health.

  • King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division Director, Kelli Nomura highlighted the accomplishments of the King County Integrated Care Network (KCICN) and its role in a “no wrong door” approach to whole-person care.

  • Claudia D’Allegri, Senior VP, Chief Behavioral Health Officer at Sea Mar, spoke on the need to provide the same level of integrated care to all community members, regardless of insurance status.

  • Joe Conniff, Teresa Anderson-Harper, Joey Wilson and Aren Oleson all shared their inspirational stories of hope and recovery.

  • Cooper Moore and Shikota Sanchez were featured in Recovery Profile video pieces, produced specifically for the forum, by Washington Recovery Alliance.
  • Washington Recovery Alliance/King County Recovery Coalition again hosted a volunteer-run Recovery In Action event before the forum. This event created opportunities for people in recovery, providers, advocates, and allies to celebrate recovery, make new connections, and encourage others through a variety of fun and engaging activities.

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Contact Amanda Flatley

Project Program Manager

(206) 263-0723

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Recapping the 2019 Forum Numbers:

  • An estimated 650 community members
  • 22 state legislators and 3 county councilmembers

  • 1 state legislator, and 2 members of congress were represented by staff

  • 28 total federal/state/county legislative offices represented

  • At least 230 community members participated in conversations with their representatives

  • 57 community organization co-sponsors

Behavioral Health Legislative Priorities

 2020 State Legislative Priorities for Behavioral Health

1. The State should promote enhanced Integrated Managed Care (IMC) by encouraging local networks that incorporate locally-funded systems of social determinants of health.

2. Establish robust accountability and transparency of Medicaid funding.

3. Increase access to care by addressing workforce challenges and expanding community-based behavioral treatment capacity with housing and supports.

 2020 Federal Priorities for Behavioral Health

1.Support and defend access to health care including behavioral health treatment and Medicaid.

2. Promote coordinated care and safety by aligning substance use disorder confidentiality rules with HIPAA.

3. Repeal the Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion.

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